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Poll: Majority of Utahns say yes to medical marijuana
Health » Liberalized views don’t extend to recreational use of marijuana.


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"Can you imagine all the kids in this country getting on marijuana?" asked 93-year-old Jim Forsgren, of Salt Lake City, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a retired railroad worker. "We got enough problems with ordinary things, why make it worse?"

More women favor medical marijuana than men. But they’re less inclined to back recreational use.

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"I know someone with seizures," said Billie Nicholls, "and if we can help those kids, we should."

But the 44-year-old Clearfield woman is wary of evidence that shows growing abuse of marijuana, even in states that permit only medicinal use. "I don’t want to see too many people get addicted," she said.

Unlike national surveys charting surging support for legalization among Millennials, Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers, the Tribune poll shows no clear age-break in opinion.

"For me it’s personal, I guess," said Salt Lake City resident Deana Young, 45, who opposes both medical and recreational use.

" I have 18-year-old [twin] sons, and I’m just not ready for it. I could be convinced otherwise; I don’t have all the facts. But they’re awfully cute and I just don’t want them to be able to smoke pot."

kstewart@sltrib.com

Twitter: @KStewart4Trib


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